Libbey Bowl


205 E. Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA 93023


City of Ojai

Project Description

Extensive site reconstruction of an existing historical park with approx. 3,772 sq ft amphitheater 

Size: 991 seats on a 7.5-Acre Site

Completed reconstruction of the historic Libbey Bowl was undertaken by the City of Ojai in 2010. Construction was completed on schedule and performances resumed in June of 2011. This famous venue is of international caliber and has accommodated many of the world’s top performers during its 60 years of operation.

McGillivray Construction (MCG) successfully replaced the entire facility with-in a highly sensitive environmental area (e.g.: a creek running through the project, nesting birds, and the mandate to protect native trees were a few of the sensitivities influencing the construction process).

McGillivray Construction was the force behind the redesign of grading recommendations for the building underpinnings. This allowed the project to move forward over very unstable soil conditions in a water table higher than the bottom of the footing. MCG’s recommendations to identify and engage the services of specific geo-technical consultants ultimately saved the client substantial money and time.

Project updated the historic Outdoor Performing Arts Center with 991 seats.

Successfully helped the owner to keep the cost changes of the project to a minimum and well below industry standards.